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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who demands that Georgie be institutionalized when he reaches puberty?

2. Which of the following books is Grandma's favorite?

3. To which Biblical character does Augie often compare himself when discussing his relationship with the Renlings?

4. How does Augie help Mimi raise money for her abortion?

5. How old is Augie when he gets his first job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Augie meet Esther Fenchel, and what is his reaction to her?

2. What religion does Augie's family practice?

3. What quarrelsome love triangle does Augie have to sort out, even though he is not involved in it?

4. Why does the Magnus family demand for the breakup of Augie and Lucy?

5. Why does Simon sell his family house without telling anyone?

6. Why does Augie meet regularly with his caseworker, Lubin?

7. What other famous disabled persons does Augie contemplate as he is caring for William Einhorn?

8. What job does Augie help Dingbat with which involves travel to Michigan?

9. Why do Augie and William visit a whore house together?

10. What was Georges-Jacques Danton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel covers a great span of historical time, including the labor movements of the 1930's. First, describe the complaint laborers had in the 1930's. How was their situation fueled by the stock market crash of the 1920's? Describe at least three of the political parties that were formed as a result of the labor movement. What was each of their stances on the rights of workers in the 1930's? Discuss Augie's involvement with the labor movement. How did Augie's involvement affect his life personally during the 1930's? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

The tension between Poles and Jews in Chicago in the early 1920's is blatantly apparent in Augie's description of his childhood in a Polish neighborhood. First, describe what life was like for the March family living as the only Jewish family in a Polish neighborhood. How was the family treated in the neighborhood? How were the boys treated at school? Then,describe the relationship Augie had with the Kriendl family. How did race relations fuel the bond in this unlikely family? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

When Augie was a young boy, he fell in love with a girl named Hilda, and through his adulthood, arguably, worked to remove Hilda from his heart forever. First, describe Augie's first experiences with love in his relationship with Hilda. What was the reaction from Augie's family and friends to his relationship with Hilda? Describe the general flow of Augie's love life after his relationship with Hilda ended. How did Augie actively work to remove the love for Hilda from his heart? Was he successful? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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